Keywords: inner wisdom, solitude, withdrawal, quiet, teacher or guru, research, seeker
Attributes: Virgo (Earth)
General meaning: In order to get the answers you seek, it may be time to turn inward. Shut out your distractions so that you may discover the wisdom within. Answers are rarely found in another – everything you need is within yourself. This card can also indicate a need to withdraw from circumstances in order to get a better perspective. Sometimes a player needs a break from the grind.
Reversed: Repeating your past mistakes. Not learning. This can indicate a lack of wisdom. Doing things without thinking of the consequences. It can also indicate the extremes of solitude – like being some sort of creepy recluse. Don’t lock yourself away. It gets mighty lonely on that mountain top.
Affirmation: “Everything I need is within me. I don’t need to look outside myself for answers.”
Sound: “i”, “e”, “j” as in the “y” in “year”
Stands for: Ice
Casting meaning: Ice is unchanging and restricting and like ice this rune embodies the resistant power that tries to prevent change.
Think: Unbreakable bonds are between these rings.
Remember: Positive. You can’t do it alone, so form the right and lasting alliances. There may be a business partnership, a marriage, or other team formation. Seek out a partnership if none exists in the matter at hand.
Animal Spirit Guide and Helper
What is the meaning of the butterfly? This animal totem is primarily associated with symbolism of change and transformation.
- Powerful transformation, metamorphosis in your life, personality
- Moving through different life cycles
- Renewal, rebirth
- Lightness of being, playfulness
- Elevation from earthly matters, tuning into emotional or spiritual
- The world of the soul, the psyche
A secondary meaning of the butterfly is about finding joy in life and lightness of being.
Duir or Dair
Pronunciation – Doo-r
Tree Association – oak
Meaning – Strength, security, resilience, endurance, wisdom, sacred spaces, leadership, and kindness. All your hard work and education have paid off. Like the oak, you stand tall and mighty. You are in a beneficial situation (family, work, financially, creative, relationship, etc.), and this circumstance will stay that way for quite a while. Trust yourself! Also, oak represents the intense energy and power of storms and wind. Symbolic of the endurance and stamina you possess that allows you to flourish and thrive.
If reversed – cowardly, uncertain, or frail. You have not been acting kindly or fairly in your leadership role. It’s ok to lack knowledge and facts, but do not make it a common practice.
Inscription and Magical Uses – Inscribe this ogham on an acorn for good luck in job interviews, courage, or pursuing justice. Duir is an excellent ogham inscription to keep at work. Helpful when working when storms, lightning, or the element air. It can also be used in healing or for those who need reminders of their resilience, profound strength, and tenacity.
Folklore – Oak trees are considered sacred guardians. They are an excellent place to meditate beneath or seek strength and assurance. If you catch an oak leaf before it touches the ground, you will have excellent health throughout the cold winter months. Representative of the Oak King, who marks the beginning and climax of the Summer Solstice.
Hexagram Thirty – Six/36
Ming I / Eclipsing the Light
Warmth and Light are swallowed by Deep Darkness:
The Superior Person shows his brilliance by keeping it veiled among the masses.
Stay true to your course, despite the visible obstacles ahead.
This time calls for a saintly effort to turn the other cheek.
You have been deliberately injured.
Going blow-for-blow will only escalate this war.
Abstain from vengeance.
Show all watching that you are above it.
Sidestep your aggressor’s headlong charge, giving him the opportunity to fall on his face.
Thirty – Six
It is very creative. It is sometimes a genius. It is also self-conscious, inhibited, and aloof.
Thirty – Six
Higher Powers are here to help you with material things in your life. You will need it to maintain correct heading in your life path and to help people around you. For now you should focus primarily on spiritual aspects of life. As material aspects of life is taken care of, it’s unnecessary to waste your energy and talents on it.
Crack the Cookie
Wisdom of the Dalai Lamma